The wet season is here, as officially announced by our beloved PAG-ASA (Philippine Atmospheric Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration.) And while the season’s rains are a welcome change from the recent summer heat wave, they unfortunately still cause albeit a different kind of stress to us city dwellers. Talk about flash floods, traffic jams, and then the sudden decline of available taxis on the streets. So do carry on with your plan for a quick getaway to our go-to-destination south of Manila. Because even if it’s pouring, Tagaytay is still a good idea.
Get in on the fun at Adverb Restaurant and Bar.
It’s hard to please everyone, but Adverb Restaurant and Bar is certainly trying and seems to be succeeding. This recent addition to the long list of food spots in Tagaytay appears to have found the formula on how to win over families and party people alike. By day, it’s a family restaurant dishing out generous portions of Filipino and Western favourites while also entertaining guests with billiards, darts, beer pong, and Playstation games. It then transforms itself into a party place after dinner service during the weekends. DJs take over around 9pm, so come with your dancing shoes on.
Eat like an army man at The Barracks Food Camp on the Ridge.
With thirty stalls selling different kinds of food, reaching the army’s daily calorie requirement of about 3,000 would be quite easy in The Barracks Food Camp. The two-story food park offers a wide range of flavors from local to international through its full meals, street food, alcoholic, and non-alcoholic drinks. There's karaoke on weeknights, and live bands on the weekend, too.
Enjoy some porky goodness at Ribchon.
The brainchild of Ham and Lucy Katipunan with Chef Tristan Bayani, Ribchon puts a twist on the popular American take on barbecue and instead infused it with local lechon flavors. Order a platter of Baby Back Baboy and pair with it tanglad rice or chorizo rice soaked in tanglad oil.
Rest and recharge in true luxury at Anya Resort Tagaytay.
Escape the city life for the weekend and hole up in a real luxury resort. The new Anya Resort Tagaytay is the real deal, being the only hotel in Tagaytay to be listed under Small Luxury Hotels of the World (1000 hotels annually apply for a spot but only 5% make the list.) The 7.2 hectare development celebrates superb Filipino hospitality with its simple elegant rooms, lush surroundings, and “Lifestyle Assistants” that would cater to your needs before and during your stay.
If having your own resort assistant isn’t indulgent enough, Anya has signed up award-winning Belgian Chef Emmanuel Stroobant (famous for his Asian Food Channel TV Series Chef in Black and cook books Cuisine Unplugged and Vine Dining: White) to head their food and beverage department. Sampling what he comes up with would be enough of an excuse to head back.
Go back to the roots at Malipayon Farms.
Head back to where food really comes from and renew your appreciation for what ends up on your plate. Organic vegetables, root crops, and herbs are grown in Malipayon Farms without the use of chemically engineered insecticides. They let mother nature do the job by employing the frogs in the area to eat the insects instead. Situated in Silang rather than Tagaytay, the farm is open to guests though visits should be scheduled in advance. They also deliver their organic produce to Alabang, Makati, and Bonifacio Global City.
Regain your balance at QiWellness Living.
When the stress of daily life is getting the better of you, it's time to schedule a visit to QiWellness Living in Tagaytay. And we literally mean schedule an appointment as they don't entertain walk-in guests. The Chinese-inspired wellness retreat draws individuals and couples alike with its extensive two to three-hour spa treatments that include a dip in their yin-yang pool, reflexology, massages, and scrubs. They also nourish the body with their six to eight-course degustation as well with their a la carte items that include veal, duck, and lamb dishes.
Sleep in style at Domicillo Design Hotel.
We all come to Tagaytay for the unparalleled view from the ridge. But to stay in a hotel that is as exquisite? Now, that's an experience. Designers, design enthusiasts, and any person who thinks he deserves beautiful things must stay at the Domicillio Design Hotel. The hotel features guest rooms designed by some of the country's premier designers and style experts like Budji Layug, Tes Pasola, and Milo Naval. The rooms are characteristically tropical, zen, and luxurious without ever competing with the view. And if a furniture piece piques your interest, feel free to inquire. Domicillo could furnish you with a custom piece for your home.